Summer Webinars

Saturday 15th May 2021

Book now for our Summer webinar series!

All webinars take place on Saturdays from 11:00 - 12:30, unless otherwise stated.

There is a small fee of £5 for each webinar or if you book for all four webinars, there is a discounted rate of £15. A link to join the webinar will be emailed to all participants on Friday afternoon, before the webinar on Saturday morning. N.B. If you book on Friday evening, we will send you the link on Saturday morning.

All webinars will be recorded and a copy of this recording will be sent out to all participants who have booked, so you can choose whether to join us live or watch later at your leisure.

If you don't receive a link by 30 minutes before a webinar (it's worth checking your spam folder), do get in touch with us.

15 May, Building Voices: The Future Needs YOU! with Professor Martin Ashley and guest panel

Guest panel: Rachel Staunton, Nav Arles, Ian Crawford, Angela Renshaw and Ben Hamilton with video interviews from Ben Sawyer and Don Gillthorpe

The lockdowns have been opportunities for much thought and creative thinking about how we can do things better in the future. Building Voices is a new initiative designed to bring together the experience of teachers and conductors who have inspired hundreds of young people to sing through the adolescent years of voice change. Hear how they have coped during the COVID-19 pandemic, how they are building strong, more resilient youth singing for the future and, most of all, how they can help and support you to become part of the bright new future of vibrant young voices with networking, support and training.

Watch out for more webinars in the Building Voices series later in the year and find out more about the initiative here or on the YouTube Channel here.

22 May, Expecting the unexpected: emotional responses in returning to choir with Liz Garnett and Kate Shipway

We have all experienced a range of feelings as we've dealt with the difficulties of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now we're on the verge of being able to sing again in person, it is important to acknowledge and prepare for potentially overwhelming emotions when we return to choir.

Join Liz Garnett and Kate Shipway to explore some of the emotional challenges choir members and leaders might come up against, and develop strategies that will help us, individually and collectively, cope with them.

Find out more about Liz Garnett here or visit her website here. Find out more about Kate Shipway here or visit her website here.

12 June, Exploring the process of commissioning with VOCES8

Join Paul Smith, CEO of the VOCES8 Foundation and co-founder of VOCES8 and Artist Manager Robin Tyson as they discuss commissioning new repertoire. From exploring ideas to speaking with composers; the composition process to performing, recording and publishing rights, Paul and Robin will share their experiences and advice for ensembles looking at commissioning a composer.

26th June: Vocal health and wellbeing in the new normal with Jenevora Williams

There will be both excitement and anxiety about returning to singing in person. Some people have not been singing much and need to know how to pace their return, some people will have had illnesses that may be affecting their longer-term health.In this webinar, we'll explore how to pace our return to singing together and consider the new health challenges our singers may face.

Get them singing, keep them singing: leading singing in primary schools
Twilight training sessions online for anyone working with young voices in primary schools This brand new flexible course is designed to develop confidence, knowledge and skills for all teachers who lead young singers in primary schools, whether in a choir, in a classroom, or the whole school, whatever their experience level. Each ha
Wed 18th May 2022 - Thu 20th Apr 2023>
The Twelve: The Dream of Gerontius
9am - 5pm, Hallé St Peters, 40 Blossom Street, Ancoats, Manchester All conductor places at this event have been booked! Observer places are still available to book below. Our The Twelve masterclass series exploring major works in the choral repertoire finally returns, with an unmissable day delving into Elgar's great Oratorio, The Dream
Sun 19th Jun 2022>
Webinar Library
Browse our webinar library! All our webinars since May 2020 have been recorded and are now available to all choir leaders - a unique resource covering a huge range of topics and technical help. Each webinar lasts about 1 hour 30 minutes. Non-members: all webinar recordings are available for a fee of £5 per webinar, and you'll receive a link
Mon 20th Jun 2022 - Wed 31st Aug 2022>